The Materials Sector encompasses a wide range of commodity-related manufacturing industries. Included in this sector are companies that manufacture chemicals, construction materials, glass, paper, forest products and related packaging products, and metals, minerals and mining companies, including producers of steel.

Last % Change Market Cap Market Weight Weighting Recommendations
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Sector Commentary from Standard & Poor's

S&P Capital IQ recommends underweighting the S&P 500 Materials sector. Year to date through January 6, 2016, the S&P 500 Materials Index, which represented 2.7% of the S&P 500 Index, was down 4.3% in price, compared with a 2.6% decline for the S&P 500. In 2015, this sector index slumped 10.4%, versus a price slip of 0.7% for the 500. There are 13 sub-industry indices in this sector. Diversified Chemicals is the largest, representing more than 20% of the sector's market value, while Gold is the smallest, accounting for less than 3% of the sector.
The cap-weighted average of this sector's component company S&P Capital IQ STARS (Stock Appreciation Ranking System) is 3.5 out of 5.0, as compared with a cap-weighted average of 3.6 for the S&P 500. However, the percentage of stocks in the S&P 500 materials sector that carry favorable investment recommendations is above average versus the market as a whole. The sub-industries within this sector that currently show the highest average STARS are Aluminum, Fertilizers & Agricultural Chemicals, and Steel. Those with the lowest average STARS are Gold, Industrial Gases, and Metal & Glass Containers. According to Capital IQ, the sector is projected to record a 15.3% year-over-year gain in operating earnings per share in 2016, as compared with the S&P 500's estimated EPS gain of 7.4%. During 2015, this sector is expected to have posted a 7% decline in EPS, versus a decline of 1% for the S&P 500. The sector's price-to-earnings ratio of 14.5X, based on consensus 2016 operating EPS estimates, is below the S&P 500's forward P/E of 15.9X. Capital IQ also reports that the sector's P/E-to-projected EPS growth rate (PEG) ratio is 1.3X, which is slightly below the broader market's PEG of 1.4X. Finally, this sector pays a dividend yield of 2.4%, as compared with the yield of 2.3% for the S&P 500.
S&P Capital IQ's proprietary technical indicator for this sector currently shows a negative reading. In researching the past market history of prices and trading volume for each company, S&P Capital IQ's computer models apply special technical methods and formulas to identify and project price trends for the sector.


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